Gallup Poll Names Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Most Admired People Again


Barack Obama edged his successor as the most admired man for 2017, a Gallup poll finds, marking the first time since 2008 when a sitting president didn't win the annual accolade.

Following a year in which he achieved new lows in approval ratings for a new president, Trump is now the first chief executive to not win Gallup's Most Admired Man poll in the first year of his presidency since, uh, ever.

Nine percent of respondents said they most admired Clinton, compared to 7 percent who named Michelle Obama - down from 12 percent who named Clinton in 2016 and her lowest percentage since 2002.

Obama took 17% of the vote, ahead of Donald Trump on 14%, with Pope Francis coming in third on 3%.

Gallup said its poll was conducted from December 4 to December 11 with a random sample of 1,049 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia.

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This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. Obama's 10th year as most admired man makes him second only to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Still, it's the 22nd time Clinton's been rated the most admired woman - more than any other man or woman ever on the list. A Gallup poll released earlier this month showed the share of United States adults holding a favorable opinion of Clinton had dropped to 36%, a new low.

Taking the top slot for women was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with 9 percent. The next winningest woman is Eleanor Roosevelt, at 13 times.

"Clinton's and Obama's standings this year are more tenuous than in the past", Gallup reported.

The poll found another dark spot for one of America's most prominent political families: former President Bill Clinton, who topped the list while in office from 1993 to 2000, fell out of the top 10 for the first time in more than 25 years.